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Mar 08, 2012 11:17 |  #1936

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Those are some sick shots! Super sharp and IQ is much better than i expected. maybe i should consider this lens over the 300mm f2.8 prime lens. what do you guys think?

The Canon 300mm f2.8 is an awesome lens, but it should be for the cost and the fact that it is a prime. I first bought this lens due to the price difference and I wanted a f2.8 in this focal length. I've come to love having the zoom. I only carry one lens and camera to soccer matches now instead of have a 70-200 and a 300 f/4. I do believe the same will happen in the baseball games. The OS is awesome for static shots and I find the AF to be great.


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Mar 08, 2012 12:32 |  #1937

I'd love to see a side by side shot from this lens and a 300mm f2.8 prime. Both shot wide open.
I'd like to see how much of a focal length drop there is, I'd like to see how much the DOF is different too and I'd like to see the resolution difference. I suspect that the latter isn't that much. I suspect that the focal length is indeed a little bit shorter than the 300mm stated and that it's not quite an f2.8 lens...but I'd like to know for sure.


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Mar 08, 2012 12:36 |  #1938

I'm still wrestling with this one. My main interest is bird photography and my "long" lens right now is my Canon 400/5.6L which is outstanding, but not long enough. I can't afford the 500/4. I had been considering the 70-200/2.8 to cover the shorter range but, with that money, I would be well on my way to this lens to give me a 600mm with AF (the 400 won't AF with a TC on my 7D).


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Mar 08, 2012 15:53 |  #1939

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Mar 08, 2012 15:58 |  #1940

icassell wrote in post #14050257 (external link)
I'm still wrestling with this one. My main interest is bird photography and my "long" lens right now is my Canon 400/5.6L which is outstanding, but not long enough. I can't afford the 500/4. I had been considering the 70-200/2.8 to cover the shorter range but, with that money, I would be well on my way to this lens to give me a 600mm with AF (the 400 won't AF with a TC on my 7D).

I have the same problem. As a hobby, that I don't get enough time to
do lately, I just can't justify the price of the 500/600 F/4 L IS and definately not
the new Mark II that is coming out. I have the Sigma 150-500 OS, but it's
a tad soft at 500 for what I wanted. So after seeing all the pictures
gabebalazs has posted with it. I decide to pick up the 120-300. I've only
had time to snap a couple pictures with it using my old Sigma 2X which
i don't find as good as the new EX DG version or the Canon 2X III
but it's still better than the other lens at 600mm.

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Mar 08, 2012 16:21 |  #1941

Evan Idler wrote in post #14051610 (external link)
and definately not
the new Mark II that is coming out.

The problem is that the used Mark I version prices will remain very high (as much or more than the new price) because of the very large price increase to the Mark II.


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Mar 08, 2012 18:41 |  #1942

icassell wrote in post #14051758 (external link)
The problem is that the used Mark I version prices will remain very high (as much or more than the new price) because of the very large price increase to the Mark II.

They actually started increasing in price when the Mark II was announced
because of the crazy price increases. Even the new ones started going
up because of it. And then the Earthquake tossed a complete monkey
wrench into the problem. With the loss of production of any of them.

Maybe someday when I win the lottery. Until then I've going to enjoy
my new Sigma :-) I even got a deal when the local camera store put
it on sale for the weekend at $2799.00

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Mar 08, 2012 19:06 as a reply to  @ Evan Idler's post |  #1943

her's 2 at 600mm f/6.3. I was shooting static ducks when they all took off. I looked up and saw the eagle. Had no time to think , switched to ai servo and got these two. Changed shutter speed after the first one. Clipped out the wing on the first one. Taken with 7d. Not as sharp as I would have liked but I think it was my fault do to the rush my panning was not smooth


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Mar 08, 2012 19:07 as a reply to  @ Jay T's post |  #1944

heres the 2 ducks at 600mm f/6.3


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Mar 10, 2012 22:02 |  #1945

After reading this entire thread I am seriously considering selling my 70-200 II, adding some cash and picking up this lens. Since a lot of you folks use this lens handheld, that is not a concern. However, I am a little worried about carrying it and my 1D IV for extended periods. Any thoughts?


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Mar 10, 2012 22:10 |  #1946

alann wrote in post #14064759 (external link)
After reading this entire thread I am seriously considering selling my 70-200 II, adding some cash and picking up this lens. Since a lot of you folks use this lens handheld, that is not a concern. However, I am a little worried about carrying it and my 1D IV for extended periods. Any thoughts?

I tested this lens out with my 1D Mark III and it was a heavy combination. To shoot with this combo over a long period could become a bit of a hassle. I would consider a monopod if you plan on using it over a long period.


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Mar 10, 2012 23:58 |  #1947

For you folks that have this and the 50-500 OS, how does the 120-300 with a 2x compare to the 50-500 OS at 500mm and f/8? Better or worse you think?


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Mar 11, 2012 04:27 |  #1948

Well compared to my Sigma 150-500 a tad better at f5.6


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Mar 11, 2012 05:05 as a reply to  @ artyman's post |  #1949

The weight is a major factor if considering it instead of the 70-200 2.8, it's almost exactly twice the weight of the 70-200 f2.8 IS Mk II. It's more handholdable than the 500f4 but it's still much more comfortable on a monopod.


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Mar 16, 2012 15:02 |  #1950

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The weight is a major factor if considering it instead of the 70-200 2.8, it's almost exactly twice the weight of the 70-200 f2.8 IS Mk II. It's more handholdable than the 500f4 but it's still much more comfortable on a monopod.

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